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Old 10-21-2011, 12:40 AM   #11
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I can be daring so I'll give it a try. Not Sure if my husband will like it!
That's a case of, "Don't ask me, just take a taste, then you can tell me if you like it or not." VERY few things are not tasted and it's usually just because he knows what the ingredients are. Shrek has found out he likes a lot of things he thought he hated.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:43 AM   #12
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Ooo - we love tacos at our house!

My favorite way - get your hands on some shredded roast (I bottle beef so I can just use a pint of that for my recipes). Soften some chopped onion in oil, add the beef, maybe some canned green chiles (I'll also add black beans if I'm wanting to stretch the meat to feed lots of people) and then season up with stuff like garlic salt & cayenne pepper, maybe some cumin if you're adding the beans. Get that all heated together

Then - for the shells, get some small corn tortillas and soft fry them in oil. This really makes the tacos :)

We opt for typical toppings like finely shredded lettuce & tomato, sour cream, shredded cheese and a great taco sauce. Out here, I buy something called "Macayo's" - its a local restaurant. Very good!!!

We haven't had this in awhile - I think its time to invite some friends over for dinner and do up a huge batch of tacos plus spanish rice!
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:01 PM   #13
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A chef I used to work with grew up in Guatemala and he made the most amazing tacos (I still crave them!). It's bit of a pain though, so it's not something to do if you just want a fast dinner.
Take black beans, soak overnight to get them soft, then bring to a boil the next day. Simmer on low until all the liquid has evaporated, keep stirring until it has become a thick paste. This process alone usually takes 1-2 hours. I've tried the canned black bean paste and it is so not the same!
Pair with chili oil, guacamole, a mixture of sour cream, mayo and cheese, ground beef, lettuce, and saffron rice. Stuff all in taco shell.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:20 PM   #14
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Ooo - we love tacos at our house!

My favorite way - get your hands on some shredded roast (I bottle beef so I can just use a pint of that for my recipes). Soften some chopped onion in oil, add the beef, maybe some canned green chiles (I'll also add black beans if I'm wanting to stretch the meat to feed lots of people) and then season up with stuff like garlic salt & cayenne pepper, maybe some cumin if you're adding the beans. Get that all heated together

Then - for the shells, get some small corn tortillas and soft fry them in oil. This really makes the tacos :)

We opt for typical toppings like finely shredded lettuce & tomato, sour cream, shredded cheese and a great taco sauce. Out here, I buy something called "Macayo's" - its a local restaurant. Very good!!!

We haven't had this in awhile - I think its time to invite some friends over for dinner and do up a huge batch of tacos plus spanish rice!
This sounds awesome :) I'm gonna try it like that shredded roast sounds interesting!
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:23 PM   #15
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I have been hungry for tacos too. I like to use ground chicken and turkey in my tacos. Then I like to make both hard and soft shells. What I like to do is take a soft shell, cover with cheese, place it in the microwave or oven for a few to melt the cheese and then stick it to a hard shell. Then I fill the inside with meat, cheese, salsa, taco sauce, sour cream, sliced avocado, and a little lettuce. It makes for a tasty combo.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:17 PM   #16
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Classic home-made tacos:

Take one chuck roast (two to three pound roast) and braise it in your slow cooker overnight. Season with salt, 1 onion, diced, 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. ground coriander, 3 tbs. chopped, fresh cilantro, 3 cloves minced garlic. The next day, take two forks and shred the roast. Open a can of ripe, sliced black olives. Have on the table; bowls of diced, raw tomato, a cup of fresh made guacamole, favorite hot sauce, favorite salsa, diced cucumber, and shredded, sharp chedar cheese.

Heat oil in a frying pan, about an inch deep. Take soft, corn tortillas and place in the hot oil for about fifteen seconds. Serve hot and soft to those eating tacos. Let them put the fillings in. Figure 4 to 5 tacos per person.

You can use browned, ground beef, seasoned with chili powder, coriander, cumin, and salt, in place of the shredded beef if you want.

Shredded chicken and pulled pork are great as well. But for all of them, you must use fresh corn tortillas, quickly softened in hot oil.

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When I make tacos that way, I'll add a few tablespoons of chili powder at the end and simmer off the excess water, leaving some to keep the meat moist. I like how the beef fat get dark red from the chilies.

You can also fry the pulled beef in a pan to make it a little crispy/chewy.
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These tacos have been on my to-do list for a couple weeks. If they were popular in Oakland instead of LA I would have made them last Sunday for PPPC. I hope to make them next week sometime. I'll be picking up that style of cukes tomorrow anyway for something else.
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I have been hungry for tacos too. I like to use ground chicken and turkey in my tacos. Then I like to make both hard and soft shells. What I like to do is take a soft shell, cover with cheese, place it in the microwave or oven for a few to melt the cheese and then stick it to a hard shell. Then I fill the inside with meat, cheese, salsa, taco sauce, sour cream, sliced avocado, and a little lettuce. It makes for a tasty combo.
I like to spread hot refries on the flour tortilla and then wrap the hardshell taco with that.
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These tacos have been on my to-do list for a couple weeks. If they were popular in Oakland instead of LA I would have made them last Sunday for PPPC. I hope to make them next week sometime. I'll be picking up that style of cukes tomorrow anyway for something else.
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